Reds vanquish the Pics with stunning late goals
Another impressive victory extended Reds’ unbeaten run to nine matches in all competitions and, significantly, saw them bag four goals for the third home game in a row.
And another pleasing factor was an excellent team performance packed with superb individual contributions – big performances all over the pitch.
Jordan Holt picked up the man-of-the-match award in his final home game of a highly successful loan stint, but any member of the back four, Dav Symington, Scott Allison or Conor Tinnion were also worthy contenders.
Traditionally slow starters, Reds produced an impressive opening half hour and Rushall had to show great resilience to stay in the game.
Symington’s well-struck ‘twenty yarder’ saw Jahquil Hill pull off a spectacular save and the former then dragged a second effort wide of the target.
Matty Douglas ventured forward but, he too, missed the target with a low shot.
The Pics responded when Charlie Duke broke free on the right and Aaran Taylor blocked a goal-bound shot at the expense of a corner.
With just seven minutes remaining in the first half, Reds opened the scoring with Matty Douglas heading home his fifth of the season. Holt had been fouled by Rushall skipper, Joe Hull, with Tinnion’s subsequent free-kick towards the far post converted by Douglas’ diving header.
The returning Josh Calvert thought he had scored a second soon after but he had impeded Hill in mid-air and play restarted with a free kick.
For all their dominance, Reds could have been pegged back early in the second half. Danny Waldron surged into the area with purpose only to drag his shot a foot wide of Taylor’s right hand upright.
And when two headed attempts from Dan Wordsworth and Holt drifted wide, Rushall were still in the game.
Reds conceded a sloppy free-kick out near the touchline and it would prove costly. Duke sent the ball into a crowded area and Taylor misjudged Hull’s looping header with the ball dropping into the net for the equaliser.
But the hosts responded positively and Sam Joel’s looping header was tipped over the bar by the acrobatic Hill. And Joel was involved in the next sortie forward when he advanced down the inside left channel.
His shot was only parried by Hill and Scott Allison got the goal he deserved when he reacted to sweep home the rebound from close range in the seventy-sixth minute.
Joel chipped another effort wide after a swift one-two, with Allison had created the opening.
Joel was eventually replaced by Nathan Waterston who certainly made the most of his belated substitute appearance. He secured the points with a stunning individual goal two minutes before the end of normal time. Collecting the ball on the right, his pace took him clear of Rushall’s isolated defenders before a thumping shot left Hill helpless.
And the icing on the cake was supplied by another fine solo effort from Allison just before the end. He danced his way through and a low shot found the net via the foot of the post.
Workington Taylor, Douglas, Rowntree, Wordsworth, Calvert, Wilson (Wright, 74), Symington, Holt, Allison, Joel (Waterston, 84), Tinnion. Substitutes – Earl, Mellen, Whitehead (not used).
Rushall Olympic Hill, Duke (Adelekan, 65), Liburd, Whittall, Hull, Marx, Waldron, Butterfield, Blake (Lamdell, 61), Fonovich (Brodie, 40), Hakeem. Substitutes – Sangha, Dell (not used).
Referee John Mulligan, Carlisle
Booking: Marx (Rushall Olympic)